Monday, January 10, 2011
Well I retyred!
Yes folks I got a new set of tyres from Tyre Land 114 a Boyne Rd Dublin industrial estate Glassnevin 01 8602020.
He has a selection of part worn tyres as well.
I got Winter grade ones.
They have a different composition, they remain more flexible in cold weather.
It is reported that at 60 MPH in wet weather at 5 degrees you can stop 5 meters shorter!
That could make a hell of a difference.
Who says the Germans have a bad sense of humour ?
Anastasia from Russia says they will make little difference in packed snow, but it is better than normal tyres. "You should get studded snow tyres" But it could be 20 years before this weather comes again.
When another taxi driver bought his new car from Japan he checked the boot to find 4 new snow tyres complete with rims. In Europe as well you must have winter tyres on your car or you will be taken off the road and you will be fined.
My car is in the body shop now to have all the dents and bumps over the last 6 months hammered out. I wish I could do the same for myself. I will go and get a haircut and look after other business for the next 2 days.
Talking to one of the other taxi drivers we have noticed that some taxi drivers have become very selective in who they bring. He cited a case of a woman waiting for the taxis to move up.When they did the taxi drove past her and picked up 3 people who were the next fare along.This is illegal but it happens more and more.
This was on St.Stephens day. The lady wondered why this had happened but my mate just shrugged his shoulders and said he could not have good luck behaving like that.
You get an initial charge plus €1 for each extra passenger.
So he had skipped her for €2 extra.
She was going to Crumlin children's hospital where one of her children was very ill. She had 7 kids and 2 were Downs Syndrome. She talked about how she has come to Dublin every day to see her,but had missed Christmas day because there was no trains. When they arrived there was €12 on the meter and she wanted him to take €15.
So he said "Fuck off missus! if I take any more than a tenner from you I will get the same bad luck as the other man who drove past you."
After he told me his tale we had a few minutes to reflect on how we don't count our blessings often enough.
I have told you before about "Acres of diamonds" You will have to Google it yourself.
Count your blessings not your troubles my friend.
A guy in Sandymount going to the airport, he works for the central bank. "Airport, toll bridge and tunnel".
This is the Rolls Royce way to go from there.
The bridge is €1.80 and the tunnel is €3 and you avoid I think, 27 sets of traffic lights.
Then for him it was Dublin- Frankfurt-Miami. Miami-Frankfurt-Dublin.
he worked for the Central Bank.
A small breif case."I hope it comes back full of money", what else could you say.
It is mad how little luggage people travel with.
I had the girl in my taxi who broke Joe Duffys leg while driving her car .
I nearly gave her a kiss. I hate that misery guts and he hates all taxi drivers.
(He is a radio presenter)
Well you do know what the human cannonball said to the ringmaster don't you?
Well he said "If you sack me you find it hard to find another person of the same callaber" Boom Boom
Dublin taxi drivers take a bow.
An Irish lady got into my taxi and told me she has spent the price of a house on taxis. In Dublin she said the drivers are so well clued in and polite that they are worth far more money than they charge. She is between jobs and he social welfare has just stopped.
So she will have to go back to America where she has worked for years.
I told her about the new skills fair coming soon.click here.
A project manager was her skill.
Funny thing about business cards. I had a guy in my taxi who was a film producer, we went to the same college as it turned out.
Well music in movies is a BIG thing.
"I would pay top dollar for a guy who could do a musical score for a movie for me"
We had been talking about "Cinema Paradise". Then his phone rang and he paid me.
He forgot to give me his card..The next guy in from Connelly station was a prof of music from Belfast!
Well there was a missed opportunity.
I bet you wern't expecting this.